Eid al fitr an eid of happiness and joys. There are two festivals marked as the festivals of Muslims in a year. As the interpretation of Prophet’s (S.A.W) saying, “Muslims have two festivals in a year, Eid al Fitr and Eid al Adha.” Eid al Fitr is also known as the Festival of the breaking of the fast because it is celebrated at the end of Ramadan. On the 1st Shawwal Muslims celebrate this Eid and they are not allowed to fast on this day.
There are twelve Islamic months, each of them starts with a very small moon called crescent. It is prescribed to start looking for the crescent of Shawwal on the evening of 29th Ramadan. If the crescent is seen, Muslims mark the next day as Eid al Fitr otherwise Muslims complete the 30 days of Ramadan and then is the day of Eid. The Islamic months differ by a day or two in different parts of the world. Therefore, people celebrate Eid al Fitr in some parts of the world and in the meanwhile Muslims living in the other parts observes fast.
During the time of the Prophet (S.A.W), there didn’t exist sky scrappers and other hurdles, therefore, people were able to see crescent themselves. Nowadays, there are moon sighting committees or Shariah courts. These committee members gather for the moon sighting. People who are able to see the crescent report to these committees. People of a country or even the neighboring countries relies on the decision of such committees.
Muslims should observe Ghusl (washing body in a particular prescribed manner) before going out for Eid prayers. Eating anything in a small amount before leaving for Eid prayers is also reported one of the Sunnahs of Eid al Fitr. Prophet (S.A.W) was used to eat some dates before going out in the morning of Eid-ul-Fitr. Muslims should continue saying Takbeer (praising Almighty Allah) from the time they leave for prayers until the prayer is started.
Muslims are ordered to pay Zakat al Fitr on the day of Eid al Fitr. This is a special kind of charity which is counted as Zakat al-Fitr only if it is given on the day of Eid before Eid prayers or a day or two earlier than Eid.
After fulfilling the Eid prayers, Muslims greet and congratulate each other and pray for the acceptance of worship, they have done during the month of Ramadaan.
It is great Sunnah to come back home from a different way than the one was used to come to the praying areas.
On the day of Eid, Muslims get up early in the morning. They offer their Eid al fitr prayers in the prayers’ grounds and mosques. Eid wishes and greetings are sent to family members and friends. There are different ways of greeting Eid. Some people say “Eid Mubarak” to others, some say “Kullu Aamin Wa Antum Bikhair” and so on. Along with the way of greeting, there are specific ways by which Muslims embrace each other which is considered as an Eid greeting.
In the Muslim countries, there is a public holiday on Eids. Therefore, people visit their family members and friends to mark this festival and make their whole day joyful. Delicious food is cooked at home or people gather in the restaurant or arrange self-made BBQ night with their friends and family. The loved ones who are living far away and can’t be reached are no exceptions and people greet and send their good wishes using WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, etc.
In some parts of the world, this Eid al fitr appears as a source of getting Eidi which is given to children and younger relatives in terms of money or gifts. All the elder relatives give Eidi to the younger ones and every child tries to accumulate more Eidi than other children.
Muslims are living in different parts of the world. Muslims in different states also celebrate their religious festival with the same religious spirits. They give Eid al Fitr wishes to their relatives and friends. In the USA, a large number of the Muslim community is living. They celebrate Eid ul Fitr in the different states of USA. In Pakistan, there is a national holiday in the event of Eid
All religious festivals of Muslims are very significant. Muslims around the world celebrate their religious traditions and festivals. It is the festival of happiness and greetings.
Eid al Fitr is one of the most significant festivals of the Muslims. They celebrate this festival in different parts of the world with the same religious spirits.